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The Graduate Certificate in Energy Policy and Management taps into the range of graduate courses offered by the applied social and management sciences at PSU. Graduate programs and individual faculty have particular strengths in: energy policy development, policy analysis, forecasting, systems analysis, program evaluation, and planning.

Certificate requirements can be satisfied by completing a minimum of five graduate courses in the following three areas: 

  1. Energy policy fundamentals
  2. Key current energy topics
  3. Professional skills

The design allows a range of student and employer interests to be met by combining basic knowledge with in-depth studies of specific issues and tools. Students have the flexibility to assemble their own course clusters from a menu of courses to obtain concentrated knowledge and skills. The following list is illustrative and other combinations of courses suited to particular student interests are also possible. Certificate emphasis areas could focus on:  

  • Energy planning and forecasting
  • Energy efficiency program management
  • Emerging technologies
  • Energy policy analysis and evaluation
  • Policy development/energy politics
  • Climate change
  • Energy regulation and rate-making

The Graduate Certificate in Energy Policy and Management is targeted to three types of students:

  • Professionals working in the energy industry who wish to broaden their training, acquire specific skills, and/or increase their knowledge of current issues in energy policy and management. 
  • Graduate students enrolled in a PSU graduate degree program who wish to add energy policy and management expertise to their course of study.
  • Prospective energy industry employees who wish to gain knowledge and skills that will enhance their employment prospects. 

Learn about the program requirements, visit the FAQ page, or apply here.